Kashmir, drone threat from Pakistan top focus of 3-day army conference


During the three-day conference, top officers of the Indian Army will discuss ways to prevent Pakistani drones from infiltrating India apart from analysing the security situation in Kashmir.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. (Photo: ANI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Top officers of Indian Army discussed ways to prevent Pakistani drones from entering Kashmir
  • Army officers also reviewed the security situation in Kashmir
  • They are likely to discuss about increasing age of retirement for certain specialised cadre

Finding ways to stop Pakistan from using drones to airdrop ammunition and drugs in Kashmir valley was one of the key issues discussed on the first day of the three-day Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi.

The heightened security challenges in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 was another important issue that was on the agenda on Monday. It is likely that top officers of the Indian Army will be discussing plans and strategies to prevent such incidents on the second and third days of the conference as well.

An overall security analysis will be done focusing on the situation in Kashmir and the Line of Control (LoC) as Pakistan continues to make several attempts to push infiltration and use drones to airdrop ammunition, drugs, and counterfeit currency.

“Additional surveillance means to detect the use of drones and the situation in Kashmir will be among the important areas. There will also be HR issues like increasing the retiring age of soldiers that will be discussed,” said an army official.

DRONES IN FOCUS

The use of drones particularly in Punjab had recently alarmed security agencies. Punjab police busted a module linked Pakistan-backed Khalistan Zindabad Force involved in the dropping of arms and ammunition from drones. Four people were arrested in the case.

An army official said such use of drones has not been seen at the LoC and is restricted to the International Border (IB) till now. “If it is observed anywhere near the LoC it will be shot down.”

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a more robust surveillance mechanism to detect such arms and ammunition laden drones will also be discussed. The army is looking at inducting systems for AI within the next two years as the roadmap for its implementation is being finalised.

The other key area of discussion will be on increasing the age of retirement of certain specialised cadre at the soldier level like nursing assistants, those working with electronic and mechanical engineering branches, drivers to name a few.

The proposal is to enhance it to the age of 55-58 and the modalities are still being discussed at various levels. Currently, soldiers retire in the age group of 35-37.





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